Well, sort of wish I hadn’t decided to comment on Michael Gerson’s latest column so close to quitting time. But it’s off my chest now, leaving some more items worthy of brief note:

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis achieves brilliant levels of snark in his take on the ignominous direction of Americans Elect. The art, with St. Thomas Friedman featured, is wonderful as well.

* At RCP, Cathy Young raises the disreputable banner of Naomi Schaefer Riley yet again. Is this really the best martyr you can find, folks?

* Boehner threatens another debt limit revolt if Democrats even dare to suggest letting Bush tax cuts expire.

* Sarah Posner says Obama reaping what he’s sown in backlash of some of his evangelical “advisors” against him for supporting same-sex marriage.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer explores the hazy rules of acceptability for commencement speakers at Catholic colleges–even within the state of Massachusetts.

And in non-political news:

* Ellen DeGeneris to receive Mark Twain Award for American Humor. Ellen, and JC Penney, vindicated.

Time to deal with other obligations. I’ll be back with a video at 5:00 AM PDT tomorrow morning.


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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.